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What does BASC stand for?

BASC stands for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

How did BASC begin?

The organisation was founded as the Wildfowlers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland (WAGBI) in 1908 by Stanley Duncan FZS and Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Bt.

Why did Stanley Duncan form the Association?

There were three main reasons why he set up WAGBI:

  • He wanted to help professional wildfowlers.
  • He was becoming alarmed at the increasing drainage and subsequent development of excellent wildfowl habitat.
  • He realised that as time went by it would be necessary to defend the sport of wildfowling against the growing enthusiasm of extremists.

When and why did WAGBI become BASC?

In 1981, WAGBI changed its name to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). This change was agreed at the Annual General Meeting of that year in recognition of the fact that shooting sports required a single representative body; WAGBI was the most suitably placed organisation to take on that role.

BASC was incorporated as an Industrial and Provident Society and formally became The British Association for Shooting and Conservation Limited in January 1997.

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